TBH I wasn’t really looking at the specific companies, more the general concept of a cooperative of business. It’s not unusual; it’s a concept I’ve seen working in my partners industry.Wrong . . . and right . . . at the same time
+There is a (15 year old), designe office included, rather uncertain (and seemingly embarrased) that there "are ten or so of us" . . .
Grove offers a dedicated multi-disciplinary design office that can work from concept through to definition for manufacture. A state-of-the-art studio combines the latest 3D CAD modeling and analysis with significant production experience.www.man-group.co.uk
There is WMG "an international leader in successful collaboration between academia and the private and public sectors, driving innovation in applied science, technology and engineering", but your have to go to their sown web-site to discover . . .
"WMG is an academic department at the University of Warwick and is the leading international role model for successful collaboration between academia and the public and private sectors, driving innovation in science, technology and engineering, to develop the brightest ideas and talent that will shape our future".
About the GroupMAN (Manufacturing Assembly Network) is a collaboration of complementary UK manufacturers and provides a single source engineering and manufacturing solution for customers involved in numerous industry sectors.
By combining world class expertise in every manufacturing discipline imaginable, MAN has a proven track record of helping its clients reduce costs, bring new products to market and offer security of supply.
MAN (Manufacturing Assembly Network) is a collaboration of complementary UK manufacturers and provides a single source engineering and manufacturing solutionwww.man-group.co.uk
The collaboration can be anything from low level mutual assistance through to quite deep integration. It can vertical or horizontal or a mix of both.
One thing that I think common to all of these is that the companies form some sort of independent coordination organisation that pulls the strings together.